My thanks to Bob Wakeham for his March 30 column, “Accolades to a retiring Ray,” lauding Ray Guy.
Along with many in this province, I remember when Ray Guy’s daily column in The Evening Telegram was the lone voice of opposition in the darkest days of the Smallwood regime. Clear, cutting and side-splittingly funny, Guy aimed the strobelight of satire on the irrational, and ultimately tragic, drama being played out daily in our House of Assembly.
During that time, when businesses and individuals could be ruined for speaking truth to power, we were fortunate to have both a political commentator of Ray Guy’s ability and an independent newspaper with the courage to print his material.
In my opinion, no other writer has come close to reproducing the wonderful originality of Newfoundland outport speech as well as Ray Guy, and I sincerely hope we have not read the last book from this sly, articulate genius.